EMBARRASSED

This game was an embarrassment to the SJSU program, and it is scary to think that Fresno State was not playing as good a game as it has the last two years, and did not play mistake free ball saturday night. The score could have been worse!

Fresno, Calif.--- Bulldog Wide receivers Adam Jennings and Bernard Berrian each scored two touchdowns as Fresno State embarrassed SJSU 41-7 saturday night at mildly chilly Jim Sweeney Field.

Jennings scored the game's first touchdown on a 13-yard reverse giving Fresno State a 10-0 second-quarter lead.

Bulldog, Dee Meza, then blocked a punt attempt by San Jose State's Bryce Partridge. It was all down hill from that point in the game for the Spartans.

Fresno State quarterback, Paul Pinegar, had 170 all-purpose yards as the Bulldogs (7-4, 5-1 WAC) won their fourth consecutive game and tenth in a row over San Jose State dating back to the 1991 season.

Fresno has now taken the all time series lead between the two schools dating back to the early 1940's. SJSU used to "own" the bulldogs year after year, but the last 12 years have been "all dog", and the once fierce rivalry seems doomed.

Fresno's Marcus McCauley blocked SJSU's Jeff Carrs' 40-yard field goal try on the first possession of the game, then San Jose State took the opening kickoff, put together a 13-play drive that consumed 6:58 and produced a goose egg on the score board.

"I said going into the game that special teams would play a critical role in the game and the blocked kick and the blocked punt, really, really hurt," said San Jose State coach Fitz Hill. "Those brought momentum swings into the football game."

In the first half, we couldn't get any points and capitalize on our drives. We had two or three good drives and came away with no points."

Following the block of Carr's field goal try, Brett Visintainer of Fresno State kicked his first of two field goals, a 40-yarder with 3:42 remaining to give the dogs a 3-0 lead.

"I thought we played well in a lot of areas. I thought we played well on offense and defense," said Fresno State Pat Hill, whose team rushed for a season-high 311 yards and gained a season-best 508 yards of total offense. "Scoring 41 points is not what makes me happy. The way we played makes me happy. We played with a lot of passion throughout the game. And, we played well."

The Spartan offense, which generated 664 yards the week before in a 69-41 win at Texas El Paso, gained just 293 yards against the Bulldogs.

Quarterback Scott Rislov completed 24-of-38 passes and was not intercepted for the fourth consecutive game, but gained just 179 yards compared to his record-setting 543 yards a game ago.

"We were able to move the ball forward, but then there would be a penalty or a sack," said Rislov, who was sacked three times. "They blitzed and they are a good defense. They're fast and they moved around a lot and gave us a lot of different looks."

The lone bright spot for San Jose State may have been the running of tailback Lance Martin. He went over the 100-yard mark for the first time in his major college career gaining 109 yards on 19 carries.

Tight end Leon Pinky, who caught a game-high eight passes, scored the Spartans' only touchdown on a 1-yard pass play with 3:30 left in the game.

At this juncture of the game, you could easily state that that TD was not in fact "earned" by the SJSU offense, but rather a nice parting gift from Fresno to SJSU.

Even though not one Fresno fan, as far as we could tell from our seats, did not verbally assault any SJSU fans. But, on the way out one could only wonder if there was a little bulldog fairy sitting on your shoulder whispering "Thanks for coming to the dog house San Jose State fans!".

This game was an embarrassment to the SJSU program, and it is scary to think that Fresno State was not playing as good a game as it has the last two years, and did not play mistake free ball saturday night.

The game could have been a complete fiasco, but let's thank Fresno State coach Pat Hill for not running up the score any worse than the final outcome produced.

Up next for SJSU is Tulsa at home next saturday for a noon kick off.

Let's just pray for at least 8K to show up, so that we at least average 15K this year for attendance purposes.

Fitz Hill certainly has his work cut out for him this winter.


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